ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T quarterback Tyler Swart (Dickinson, TX/Dickinson) and defensive end Tershawn Wharton (University City, MO/University City) were named today as players of the week by the Great Lakes Valley Conference following the Miners' 41-38 comeback win Saturday over Southwest Baptist.
Swart earned his third career player of the week award after completing 20-of-40 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the contest. After the Miners fell behind 31-10 in the second quarter, Swart completed 15 of his final 25 passes for 314 yards and all three of his scores, a run that started with an 89-yard touchdown pass to Justin Vaughn(Houston, TX/George Bush) that tied the third-longest passing play in school history.
On the Miners' eventual game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, Swart completed seven consecutive passes and finished the contest with his third 300-yard passing game of the season. He is currently ranked fifth in NCAA Division II with 2,661 passing yards.
Wharton, who picked up his first career player of the week award from the GLVC, had a huge game on the defensive side of the ball as he recorded eight tackles, four for a loss with three quarterback sacks and a forced fumble that the Miners recovered. The forced fumble came on one of his sacks, while another sack came on the Bearcats' final possession when the Miners stopped SBU on downs.
He was an integral part of a defensive effort that held SBU quarterback TJ Edwards -- who entered the game as the GLVC leader in total offense -- to 195 total yards, more than 100 below his season average. Wharton currently leads the conference with 18 tackles for a loss this season and 10.5 sacks.
All three of this week's GLVC player of the week awards went to individuals who played in the S&T-SBU contest, as the special teams award was given to SBU's Kendrick Payne.
Missouri S&T will face sixth-ranked Indianapolis – who has already clinched at least a share of the GLVC championship – Saturday in Indianapolis. The Miners can tie the Greyhounds in the loss column with a victory in Saturday's game.